Title: Girl’s Initiation Apron (thito)
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00083094/00001
 Material Information
Title: Girl’s Initiation Apron (thito)
Physical Description: Cotton cloth, glass beads, fiber, cord 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (21 x 26.7 cm)
Creator: Baroka People
Donor: William D. and Norma Canelas Roth ( donor )
Publication Date: c. 1970
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Botswana
Africa -- Letsotho
Africa -- South Africa
Abstract: Baroka mothers make beaded aprons (thito) for their eldest daughter’s initiation. Since the early 20th century, the aprons have been made of colored cloth imported from India and England which is embroidered with hundreds of beads. Designs on the aprons are usually composed of triangles and straight lines rendered in a variety of colors. The cloth in this example was originally red cloth from India called salempore. After the eldest daughter’s initiation, the cloth is washed and then given to the next eldest daughter for her initiation. In a family with many girls, the cloth is washed as many times and becomes faded to pink.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083094
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: 2006.45.6

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